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The Life-Saving Power of Birth Control as… Birth Control

Those who are fighting for the right to affordable birth control shouldn’t leave me—or other individuals who use birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancies—out of the discussion.

It’s been said over and over again that birth control is “life-saving” for some women, who need it to aid conditions such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. But people also, overwhelmingly, use birth control to do exactly as its name implies: to control their fertility. Let’s stop hiding some of the lives we fight for under a “tactical” shroud.

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New York’s Teen Pregnancy Campaign Quietly Gets Made Over, Still Misses the Mark

The city's original teen pregnancy prevention campaign website is now gone.

When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Now the city has updated the campaign website, but the site doesn’t abandon all of the problematic language featured in the previous campaign.

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Exam Rooms and Bedrooms: Navigating Queer Sexual Health

As more of us get health care, we must demand that our providers are meeting our needs, in every context.

People are having all kinds of sex, regardless of how they identify their orientation; we need a health-care system that is prepared to address everyone’s questions, issues, and concerns about sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.

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Some Clinics See Uptick in Anti-Choice Harassment, Leading to Calls for More Buffer Zone Laws

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri

Reproductive rights advocates around the country are calling for additional safety measures, such as buffer zone laws, to protect staff and patients at reproductive health-care clinics.

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Yes, Camille Paglia, Let’s Put Sex Back in Sex Ed—But Not Fear, Shame, or Stereotypes

sex education chalkboard

In a recent editorial, Paglia argues for moving toward a sex ed model in which young people learn reproductive biology in one class, study sexually transmitted diseases in another, and get a healthy dose of fear, shame, and gender stereotypes in yet another. But sexuality educators disagree.

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CDC Confirms Rare Case of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman, who was diagnosed previously but stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010, to her female partner. While rare, this case should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

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Abortion Care Network Announces 2014 Honorees

At its 2014 conference this week, the Abortion Care Network honored "outstanding individuals and organizations whose support and care for women in the abortion experience is exemplary," including RH Reality Check President and Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson.

At its 2014 conference this week, the Abortion Care Network honored “outstanding individuals and organizations whose support and care for women in the abortion experience is exemplary,” including RH Reality Check President and Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson.

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The Problem With Obamacare for Some Transgender Policyholders

Despite the gender-identity nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, doctors say some insurance companies are rejecting coverage of basic preventive care.

Despite the gender-identity nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, doctors say some insurance companies are rejecting coverage of basic preventive care.

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Mississippi Sex Ed Law Leads to Reshuffled, But Not Improved, Curricula

just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

Having spent much of my career reviewing abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and material, I can promise that just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

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Another Case Raises Hopes About Early Treatment for HIV-Positive Babies

Physicians in California believe that they have cleared HIV from a 9-month-old born with the virus.

Doctors in California believe that they have cleared HIV from the blood of a nine-month-old who seems to have been born with the virus. Though they can’t call it a “cure” or even say she is in remission because she continues to take medication, her doctors believe she has “sero-reverted to HIV-negative.”

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